Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito believes the pressure to deliver a home win at ADAC Rallye Deutschland had a positive effect on his team and helped it secure a landmark 1-2-3 victory at the weekend.
Germany was the only round of the WRC that the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer had not won since it entered the competition in 2013. This time however the team delivered a flawless performance, with Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen filling an all-VW podium.
"The pressure was quite high for everybody to come here for the third time and show what we are capable off. Everybody in the team did a perfect job throughout the rally from recce until now and it shows that the team can get even stronger under pressure," said Capito.
"Last year we didn’t have a good result in Germany, apart from Andreas who got on the podium, but then in Australia we had our first 1-2-3, so we came back under pressure. This year also shows that we had a big pressure to deliver here on results and coming away with a 1-2-3 is perfect."
Capito said the circumstance of the win made it uniquely satisfying. "Given our history at this round of the World Championship it is more emotional than all the other victories we have celebrated. As always, every single person in the team was totally motivated and consciously did their bit to make this magnificent success possible. The entire team has invested so much sweat and tears in this victory.
"However, I would like to reserve my biggest compliment for our drivers and co-drivers: they withstood huge pressure, lived up to the enormous expectations and did an absolutely outstanding job. I think everyone at Volkswagen is incredibly proud of what we have achieved. I know I certainly am,” he said.
The result means that this year's FIA drivers' titles are guaranteed to go to one of Volkswagen's three crews. Volkswagen can also wrap up the manufacturers' title on the next round in Australia.
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